The Guileless Trout

MCCASKIE, H.B. The Guileless Trout.

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MCCASKIE, H.B. The Guileless Trout. Cresset Press, London, 1950.

8vo. Original beige cloth titled gilt to upper cover and spine, with illustrated dust wrapper depicting a guileless trout; pp. 176; slight toning to the jacket spine with a little chipping, otherwise a very good copy, internally clean, retaining a printed review copy slip dated 23rd October 1950.
First edition. A one hundred and seventy six page polemic in which the author vehemently (and entertainingly) implies that trout are intellectually stunted and that to ascribe talent or guile to them is to excuse a fisherman's own poor technique. McCaskie seems to base his conclusions on the psychology of the trout almost entirely on personal intuition, before losing interest and wandering on to other topics like shrimp, or what he thinks of the Compleat Angler.

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